Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Our Lady of Pompei, Bushwick
Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii Church is located at 225 Seigel St., Brooklyn NY 11206, telephone 718-497-0614. It is staffed by the Pallottine Order of Priests and Brothers, S.A.C., or Società dell'Apostolato Cattolico.
A decorative plaza faces the church door. An office and instructional rooms are to the left, along Seigel Street. The cornerstone, visible above, is dated 1902. At that time, the parish was almost entirely Italian. The principal languages now seem to be English and Spanish.
Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii began in the late 1800's, only a few years before this church was built.
For decades, the neighborhood has been more Latin American than Italian, so it is appropriate that Vincenzo Pallotti is honored with his baptismal name in Spanish. As he lived 1795-1850, he predates the devotion to Our Lady of Pompeii. A brief history of the work he founded is linked here. But who is Herr Seigel?